Herbert Russell Jorgensen

Herbert Russell Jorgensen
Oct. 7, 1919 ~ Feb. 16, 2014
Resident of Blackhawk
Herb Jorgensen passed away peacefully after 94 years of living and loving life. He was born in North Dakota and spent most of his childhood growing up in Milford, Iowa. At the age of 19 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he spent 30 years and experienced extensive service during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor and had many tales to tell of that infamous day. Shortly after Pearl Harbor he was assigned aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, and made his way to Melbourne, Australia where he joined the Seventh Fleet Staff. While in Australia, Herb met and married Iris, his wife of 50 plus years. Herb served aboard aircraft carriers during both the Korea and Vietnam wars and was proud of his time spent defending his country. After retiring from the Navy he spent 20 more years working for Cutter Labs, which became Bayer Labs, in Berkeley. He and Iris moved to Blackhawk in 1984 and he became a member of the Blackhawk Country Club, an avid golfer, and one of the first docents at the Blackhawk Auto Museum. He spent over 20 years volunteering at the Museum and presiding over their extensive library. He was a past member of the Blackhawk Chorus and sang and travelled with them for many years. He loved to play golf with his friends and sons, and he thoroughly enjoyed Pete's Brass Rail in downtown Danville. Herb had a unique talent for finding humor in every aspect of his life. He would often tell us, "The key to a long life is working hard, staying busy and smiling and laughing every chance you have". Herb's ability to stay positive, listen and communicate with everyone made him admired and respected in the Blackhawk community. He always had a grin and he genuinely cared about the people around him. His kind nature and big smiles were due in large to his love of family, his faith, his love of Country and his loving companion. Herb loved life and lived it to its fullest. He is, and will be, deeply missed. His spirit lives on and will inspire us to love each other, to love life and to live it well. He is survived by two sons, Damon and his wife Kate, of Seattle, WA; Brent and his wife, Wendy, of Portland OR.; one Grandson, Tyler, of Portland, OR., and one sister, Marian Hall, of Mountain Home, AR.; and several nieces and nephews. Herb will be dearly missed by many, especially his constant companion of 14 years, Joyce, who will remember him for his kind and gentle heart, his cheerful disposition, his unwavering Faith and his beautiful blue eyes.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life for Herb at Community Presbyterian Church, 22 W. El Pintado Rd, Danville, CA on March 8th at 11:00 a.m In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or the Wheelchair Foundation, 3820 Blackhawk Rd., Danville, CA 94506 in memory of Herbert Jorgensen.
"Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us every day
Unseen, unheard, but always near
Still loved, still missed, and very dear"

Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 1, 2014